Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 809–812 | Cite as

Some Opinions on the Review Process of Research Papers Destined for Publication

  • Ehsan Roohi
  • Omid MahianEmail author


The current paper discusses the peer review process in journals that publish research papers purveying new science and understandings (scientific journals). Different aspects of peer review including the selection of reviewers, the review process and the decision policy of editor are discussed in details. Here, the pros and cons of different conventional methods of review processes are mentioned. Finally, a suggestion is presented for the review process of scientific papers.


Review strategy Scientific journals Biased review Peer review process Impact factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Mashhad BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMashhadIran

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